Skip to main content

Save Money Dinner Recipe #3

This delicious black bean casserole is inexpensive and can be prepared ahead and frozen for later.

You'll Need:
1 pound dried black beans
1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste
1 large onion, 1/2 roughly chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
6 sprigs cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (approximately)
3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
10 corn tortillas
frozen or canned corn (about 2 medium cans should be enough)
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, roughly chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 jalapeno peppers, sliced crosswise (optional--just adds extra spice if desired..with kids, maybe not a good idea)

Place beans, cilantro sprigs, salt, and chopped onion in a large pot and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 1 1/2 -2 hours. Add water as necessary. For a shortcut, you can always use cans of black beans and add onion and salt and simmer for about 20 minutes or so to get flavors blended.

Place beans and some of the liquid from the pot into a blender and puree.

Heat oil in a skillet as beans are cooking. Saute sliced onion about 4-5 minutes until softened.

Layer a buttered casserole cooking dish with a layer of zucchini, corn tortillas, corn, sauteed onion, and bean puree,layer of cheese, and layer of chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.

Continue layering this way until dish is full. Garbish top with cheese, jalapenos and black olives if desired.

Cook in preheated oven @ 350 degrees for one hour.


Popular posts from this blog

Things To Do With Empty Cans of Soup

All of these ideas start with a clean empty soup can with no jagged edges. For some you may want to peel off the labels, others you might just leave the labels on!

1.. Having a picnic? Use empty Campbells soup cans as utensil holders for plastic forks and spoons on the picnic tables. (leave labels on ..adds a colorful unique touch!)

2.. Make a Halloween Decoration. Cover a soup can in black construction paper or fabric. Add some cut out eyes. For wings, color a paper plate black, Cut the plate in half. For each half, cut scalloped edges along one side, then glue "wings" to the side of the "bat can."

And a few more easy ways to recycle empty soup cans:

3. Use a nail and hammer to poke hole sin the bottom of sop cans and use as herb planters. Place a plastic lid under can to prevent rust stains.
4. Make Candlesticks (great tutorial from "Me Making Do")
5. Make a Flower-Shaped Cookie Cutter.
6. Make a Hanukkah Gift out of a soup can.
7. Make a Christmas Lum…

Home Made Halloween Costumes

Halloween is around the time to start cooking up some Halloween costumes you can make from home and save money while treating your little ghosts and goblins to a fun night!

This idea came from I just changed a couple of things, but basically the costume idea is the same.

Home Made Spider Costume

long sleeve black top/shirt
4 long black socks
newspaper, grocery bags, paper bags, or anything else you can use to stuff the socks with
a black knit cap
black yarn

Stuff each sock with paper or bags or filling of some sort.

Attach each sock to the side seams of the shirt (two socks on each side)
(I would suggest sewing the socks to securely attach them to the shirt, but duct tape can probably work as well.)

Next,  you will want to attach the black yarn in-between each sock and the cuffs of the shirt. This can be done in a couple of different ways. You can use the duct tape to attach a yarn piece at the cuff of the sleeve, and then tape the end of the yarn on t…

How To Make Some Extra Money From Home

Need to make some extra money so you can save some money? Or if you need some extra income to help with living expenses, try some freelance writing on the weekends.

Here are some sites to check out that will pay for articles submitted. Read each site's terms and conditions to make sure you are comfortable with how and when they pay, rights to articles you write, etc.

4. Examiner,com
5. Internet Brands
6. Demand